After a good bit of sleuthing, we can confidently say Samsung appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3’s benchmark scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps. Samsung did something similar with the international Galaxy S 4’s GPU, but this is the first time we’ve seen the boost on a US device. We also found a way to disable this special CPU mode, so for the first time we can see just how much Samsung’s benchmark optimizations affect benchmark scores.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical, is making a bet with the technology market. He’s betting that enough of you will be willing to invest in a smartphone that can double as a PC, the Ubuntu Edge, to raise the $32 million needed to manufacture it. You know what? I think he’s going to win that bet.
The premise is that they will build a phone that you can connect a monitor, a mouse, and a keyboard to, and it will boot from Android into Ubuntu Linux.
Besides the fact that desktop Linux is dead, let me ask you one simple question: How many monitors with mice and keyboards do you encounter when you go about your daily business?
Actually, let me ask one more: With all the peripherals that you find…just laying around…how many times have you wished you could just plug in your phone and get to work?
I have tried not to tear down articles too much lately, but this one just needs a spanking. Here we go – I promise I’ll make it short.
SJVN is quoting NPD in that Chromebooks (Linux, yeah!) have grabbed about 20 to 25% of the below $300 notebook market. Note, not the whole notebook market.
Anyhow, this is supposed to be a bright spot, so let’s calculate:
15.000.000. That’s roundabout the number of PC’s sold in the US, according to NPD.
It’s pretty save to assume that about 2/3 of those were notebooks, so about 10 million.
Now comes the tricky part: How many of those were below $300?
Just for the sake of it let’s say 50% – I know…that’s a way too high estimate, but let’s use it nevertheless.
5 million notebooks sold that cost less than $300. Of those, 20 to 25% were supposedly Chromebooks. Again I’ll use the high number of 25% – which comes to about 1,25 million Chromebooks…in a year…at $300 a pop.
I’m sorry but even if those numbers pan out, which they won’t (hint: it’ll be more like 500.000 or less), how is that “a bright spot in the dark PC market”? Really Steven, please do explain.